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Facebook Censors Blasphemous Pages To Comply With Turkey’s Demand, But Won’t Publish It

techcrunch.com — When Google and Twitter receive legal threats from countries to censor controversial content or have their services shut down locally, they often publish them on ChillingEffects.org for transparency. But today when Facebook followed Turkey's legal order to block Pages that defamed the Prophet Muhammad from Turkish users, it kept the demand private.
Jan 26, 2015

Facebook Censors Blasphemous Pages To Comply With Turkey’s Demand, But Won’t Publish It tcrn.ch/1DbVi4f via @techcrunch

Jan 26, 2015

RT @JoshConstine: Facebook Censors Blasphemous Pages To Comply With Turkey's Demand, But Won't Publish It tcrn.ch/1DbVi4f More transparency please

Jan 26, 2015

Facebook Censors Blasphemous Pages To Comply With Turkey's Demand, But Won't Publish It tcrn.ch/1DbVi4f More transparency please

Winter Is Coming For Wearables

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Kitty Ireland is a product strategy consultant interested in how technology changes the human condition and is a founding member of the team that built the lifelogging app, Saga. Remember wearables? Those wristbands and glasses that were going to take over our lives?
Jan 26, 2015

RT @pkedrosky: It’s a myth that wearables haven’t show up. They’re already here. They’re called your phone. Seriously. techcrunch.com/2015/01/26/win…

Jan 26, 2015

RT @pkedrosky: It’s a myth that wearables haven’t show up. They’re already here. They’re called your phone. Seriously. techcrunch.com/2015/01/26/win…

Sources Say IBM Planning On Laying Off 12,000 Over Next Year

techcrunch.com — Rumors have been swirling - and IBM's stock has been rising - on reports that the company is planning a huge round of layoffs of up to 26% of its workforce, or 118,000 people. TechCrunch has been digging and has found out from two separate sources that there will in fact be job cuts, but not anywhere close to this magnitude.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @ashleymayer: IBM layoff number possibly off by 10X. Rumors of this nature should be treated with extra caution, IMO. techcrunch.com/2015/01/26/sou…

Jan 26, 2015

Sources Say IBM Planning On Laying Off 12,000 Over Next Year | TechCrunch ow.ly/HYBDK Updated with new information.

Jan 26, 2015

I mean, what's 100,000 here or there? It's only 100,000 people's livelihoods. techcrunch.com/2015/01/26/sou… pic.twitter.com/0MoeGC4GYL

Content Discovery Platform Curiyo Raises A Million To Help Online Publishers Increase Visitors’ Time On Site

techcrunch.com — Curiyo, a company that makes software which consumers, bloggers, and publishers use to enhance an online article with subtle links that direct you to useful facts and other information, has raised an additional round of just under $1 million in funding. Included in the round were both new and existing investors, crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, Morton H.
Jan 26, 2015

Content Discovery Platform Curiyo Raises $1M tcrn.ch/1DaX3yL via @techcrunch

Jan 26, 2015

Content Discovery Platform Curiyo Raises A Million To Help Online Publishers Increase Visitors’ Time On Site: ift.tt/1th2sUp

Facebook Is Testing A Simple App For Low-End Android Phones

techcrunch.com — Not content with spinning out apps for stickers inside Messenger, Groups and new addition Rooms, Facebook has launched another standalone app. Facebook Lite, which some may recall as a simplified version of its mobile website from 2009-2010, is specifically designed for low-end Android devices in emerging markets.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @simsimt: Facebook launches a new Lite App for low-end Android devices, available in 8 select countries, including #Sudan techcrunch.com/2015/01/25/fac…

Jan 26, 2015

Facebook Is Testing A Simple App For Low-End Android Phones tcrn.ch/15zA1G9 via @techcrunch

Jan 26, 2015

RT @jonrussell: Facebook knows emerging markets are important, that’s why it’s (quietly) testing a new app for low-end Android phones tcrn.ch/15zA1G9

Jan 26, 2015

Facebook knows emerging markets are important, that’s why it’s (quietly) testing a new app for low-end Android phones tcrn.ch/15zA1G9

Oculus’ Pixar-Exec Led “Story Studio” Will Release VR Cinema Examples

techcrunch.com — "We didn't have an answer for how to get started in VR for cinema" says Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. So a year ago Oculus quietly hired Pixar veterans to form Story Studio, which will create and release VR cinema examples designed to "educate , inspire, and foster community" for filmmakers interested in VR.
Jan 26, 2015

Oculus' killer app might be a VR-first film. Oculus Story Studio will have flagship content ready when Rift ships tcrn.ch/1tgFVHu

Jan 26, 2015

Oculus' Pixar-Exec Led "Story Studio" Will Release VR Cinema Examples tcrn.ch/1tgFVHu tip @Techmeme

Review Of Oculus’ First In-House VR Film “Lost”: Adorable, But Not Interactive

techcrunch.com — Oculus just premiered its Story Studio 's first virtual reality cinema experience Lost that's designed to demonstrate the narrative potential of VR to filmmakers. The experience features a massive robotic hand trapsing around a darkened forest in search of its body. While cute, the film doesn't push the limits of VR much.
Jan 26, 2015

Oculus' 1st film is cute but doesn't push VR far enough to show filmmakers what's special about the medium tcrn.ch/1tiaGeY

Jan 26, 2015

Review Of Oculus’ First In-House VR Film “Lost”: Adorable, But Not Interactive tcrn.ch/1tiaGeY It could be a film & that's a failure

Online Learning Service Pluralsight Acquires Code School For $36 Million

techcrunch.com — Online technology training service Pluralsight has acquired the Orlando, Florida-based Code School, which offers dozens of instructional courses and videos for developers both online and via mobile apps. The $36 million deal is Pluralsight's sixth acquisition in the past 18 months as it continues its strategy of buying up smaller companies to expand its footprint in the online learning industry, putting it up against competitors like lynda.com and Skillsoft, for example.
Jan 26, 2015

Online Learning Service Pluralsight Acquires Code School For $36 Million: ift.tt/1C6XAVd

Microsoft Faces Stiff Mobile Challenge

techcrunch.com — Microsoft had a heck of week last week, didn't it? It actually felt like it got its groove back with HoloLens, its holographic virtual reality glasses, which I have to say looked way cool. It also got our attention with the Windows 10 mobile strategy, and it showed off the desktop version of Cortana, something Siri can't do.
Jan 26, 2015

Microsoft Faces A Stiff Mobile Challenge. tcrn.ch/1H1jwUV They’ve been down so long, looks like up to them.

A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up P2P Remittance Business

techcrunch.com — TransferWise, the fast-growing UK-based P2P money transfer startup that has reportedly been in talks with Facebook for a remittance service, has raised now raised a large round of funding led by one of the social network's earliest backers.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @whitebearyard: congrats to alumnus @TransferWise on their $58M round led by @a16z tcrn.ch/1zcNgdK - before they were famous they started out here :)

Jan 26, 2015

RT @Techmeme: A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK's TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business techcrunch.com/2015/01/25/a16… techmeme.com/150126/p3#a150…

Jan 26, 2015

A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up P2P Remittance Business - ift.tt/1wwP8X6

Jan 25, 2015

RT @ingridlunden: P2P money startup TransferWise Raises $58m led by A16Z tcrn.ch/1wwP9KB 1 of the co's tipped to be talking w/ FB abt money services

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Mass Surveillance Threatens Digital Security And Human Rights, Says European Report

techcrunch.com — A 32-page report into mass surveillance by a top European rights body has warned that digital dragnets set up by U.S. government intelligence agencies, and some of the U.S.' allies in Europe and elsewhere, are endangering fundamental human rights - such as the right to privacy, to freedom of information and expression, to freedom of religion, and to the right to a fair trial.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @TechCrunch: Mass Surveillance Threatens Digital Security And Human Rights, Says European Report tcrn.ch/1Jvhg60 by @riptari

Favado’s New App Helps You Find The Best Grocery Deals

techcrunch.com — In my house, I have a small stockpile of shampoo and other health and beauty products that I've acquired for almost nothing, thanks to coupon stacking techniques that let you go into stores and walk out with vastly discounted products. I'm disappointed if I don't save at least 50% of my grocery bill using coupons, if not more.
Jan 26, 2015

Favado’s New App Helps You Find The Best Grocery Deals: ift.tt/1zPBpSs

What To Look For In Microsoft’s Earnings Today

techcrunch.com — Microsoft is scheduled to report its earnings from the fourth calendar quarter today after the bell. The company is expected to earn $0.71 per share on revenue of $26.33 billion. Keep in mind that the period reported is the second quarter of Microsoft's fiscal 2015.
Jan 26, 2015

What To Look For In Microsoft’s Earnings Today tcrn.ch/1Bs722B via @techcrunch

Partech’s New $240 Million Growth Fund Will Close France’s Funding Gap

techcrunch.com — 2014 was the year of seed funding, 2015 will be the year of late stage funding for Partech Ventures. The French venture capital firm just raised $240 million to launch the Partech Growth fund. This new fund will back late stage startups in Partech's traditional industries and areas.
Jan 26, 2015

French startups, start your engines. @romaindillet on Partech’s $240M growth fund ift.tt/1zgcLuA

Jan 26, 2015

Partech’s New $240 Million Growth Fund Will Close France’s Funding Gap ift.tt/1zgcLuA by me

Uber Will Cap Surge Pricing During Northeast Snow Storm

techcrunch.com — With a huge winter storm approaching the U.S. Northeast, Uber is instituting a cap on its surge pricing during the storm. In an email being sent to New York passengers, the company said prices will not exceed 2.8x its usual fares.
Jan 26, 2015

Uber Will Cap Surge Pricing During Northeast Snow Storm tcrn.ch/1th0QKu via @techcrunch

Stripe Partners With Intuit To Help On-Demand Workers Keep Track Of Their Finances

techcrunch.com — Startup Stripe helps to power payments for a large number of new services offering up ways to make cash as part of the growing "on-demand economy." Meanwhile Intuit, which makes accounting and tax software for small businesses and the self-employed, wants to help those workers keep better track of their finances.
Jan 26, 2015

If you work with Lyft, Flywheel, Handy, Homejoy or Washio, then Stripe and Intuit want to help you track your money tcrn.ch/1C7rKrx

Facebook’s European Privacy Class Action Hearing Set For April 9

techcrunch.com — Some developments on the class action suit filed against Facebook over alleged privacy violations in Europe. Europe vs. Facebook, the group that has filed the suit and now has 25,000 claimants in tow, has had its first hearing set for April 9, in a court in Vienna, marking the first time Facebook will appear in court over the violations.
Jan 26, 2015

shakedown... Facebook’s European Privacy Class Action Hearing Set For April 9 tcrn.ch/1zfKKDx

Jan 26, 2015

Facebook declined to comment for this story. Unsurprisingly, it is trying to get this class action suit dismissed tcrn.ch/1zfKKDx

Jan 26, 2015

Euro class action suit vs FB highlights ongoing debate over what role Internet services have re: protecting our data tcrn.ch/1zfKKDx

Coinbase Is Opening The First Regulated Bitcoin Exchange In The U.S.

techcrunch.com — Fresh from scoring a massive $75 million funding round, bitcoin payment firm Coinbase has revealed that it will open the first regulated bitcoin exchange in the U.S. on Monday. The company, which added the New York Stock Exchange and USAA to its list of investors last week, told the Wall Street Journal that it has "regulatory approval" in half of all states, including significant areas like New York and California.

Box IPO, Microsoft Nerd Helmet & Space X Raises 1B from Google

techcrunch.com — Colleen Taylor, Kyle Russell & Alex Wilhelm talk about the big tech news of the week. on the CrunchWeekshow from TechCrunch TV
Jan 26, 2015

Box IPO, Microsoft Nerd Helmet & Space X Raises 1B from Google - CrunchWeek | TechCrunch TV tcrn.ch/1Da7aUi